Griffith Observatory
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member tozainamboku
N 34° 07.102 W 118° 18.022
11S E 380076 N 3776043
Quick Description: Located in Griffith Park in Los Angeles, it is the most visited observatory in the world.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 12/14/2006 8:31:58 PM
Waymark Code: WM11GT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
Views: 92

Long Description:
The Griffith Observatory has been a landmark in Los Angeles since it's opening in 1935. It recently underwent a five year restoration and expansion project that preserved the building's unique architecture along with many of the exhibits that have become favorites of Angelenos over seven decades, while providing new state of the art exhibits and a major upgrade to the world famous planetarium. The observatory houses the 12-inch Zeiss refracting telescope which more people have looked through than any other telescope in the world. The observatory has a coelostat that tracks the sun and provides the solar image to three solar telescopes.

The Observatory is owned by the City of Los Angeles and its primary purpose is educational. The observatory is opened to the public:

Weekdays (Tuesday-Friday)
Open Noon - 10:00 p.m.

Weekends (Saturday-Sunday)
Open 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.

There is no admission charge, but due to the increase in visitors following the renovation, reservations are required. More information is available at the official observatory website.
Observatory Purpose: Research

Optical / Infrared Telescopes?: Yes

Radio Telescopes?: No

Solar Telescopes?: Yes

Open to the Public?: Yes

Is this a Club Observatory?: No

Public Viewing Allowed?: Yes

Active Observatory?: Active

Number of Telescopes or Antennas: 3 to 5

Site URL: [Web Link]

Year Dedicated or Opened: 1935

Altitude (meters): Not Listed

Visit Instructions:
Note the time of day of your visit, and your own photo of your favorite part of the observatory. This might be the view from the observatory, picture of your favorite building or favorite exhibit. (Be mindful of flash photography rules!)

If you participated in an observing session, let everyone know what you saw!

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